Weber State's Quarterback Tyler Gladwell didn't grow up a football player. In fact, he was much more of a basketball and baseball player. However, in the seventh grade Gladwell started to enjoy the game of football and became a big San Francisco 49ers and a big Steve Young fan.
"He always was a very acute quarterback, he always had the highest quarterback rating who completed a lot of passes without throwing many interceptions and that was the type of quarterback I wanted to be," said Gladwell.
Gladwell showed that he was like Young in 2001 when he complete over 55% of his passes for 2,733 yard, 22 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. Gladwell is around 6-2, 200 pounds. He says that his biggest assets are to know his team's offense and know the opposing team's defense.
"As a quarterback you have to know what your teammates can do, who to go to on third and four and who to go to when it is third and 12 and those are two different guys. You have to make the offensive calls, help the offensive line with what type of protection to go to as well. You have to know everything the ins and outs of your offense," Gladwell explains.
Gladwell knows that it not just what you do on the field that makes you a good quarterback, but what you do off it as well.
"You have to work hard to be a good quarterback, you have to study and watch film because most defensive don't have many weakness at the college level so you have to know what to do in certain situations," says Gladwell.
Gladwell is a special case because his 2002 season ended before it got started. Gladwell was discovered to have completed his five-year eligibility period, having enrolled at WSU in the winter quarter of 1997. Until this past week, school officials had thought he initially enrolled as a part-time student. Gladwell started his college career as a part-time student at Ricks College in the fall of 1996. He then transferred to WSU in January 1997, beginning his eligibility clock. His Wildcat football career began in 1998 when he red shirted during coach Jerry Graybeal's first season, according to the school's media guide. Therefore, Gladwell didn't play all of last year for Weber State but he did get a chance to play in a post season All-Star game, the Paradise Bowl.
"At the Paradise Bowl going to practice with guys from UCLA and USC and seeing that everything was the same as what we did at Weber gave me confidence, it was the same drills and I could make all the throws that the other guys from the bigger school's could as well," said Gladwell. "I really didn't put to much pressure on myself during that week in front of NFL scouts, I knew that they where there but I just went about my business. Because all and all football is football no matter what level you are playing at."
Gladwell hopes that he will have a shot to make it in to a training camp this summer. The Jacksonville Jaguars did come and do a personal work out with him. The Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and the Indianapolis Colts have all showed some type of interest in Gladwell.